Charger and Lady Charger Robotics
The Georgia Highlands College Chargers Robotics program introduces kids ages 9-14 to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with hands-on activities that promote teamwork and friendly competition. The Chargers Robotics program uses the Lego Mindstorm EV3 platform and the Lego Education curriculum to create and command robots.
The program sponsors two teams, The Chargers and The Lady Charges, that participate in the First Lego League(FLL) competitions through the Georgia First Lego League. The program also offers a nutrition and exercise component that makes kids and parents aware of the link between proper nutrition, physical activity and high academic performance. The goal of the Chargers Robotics Program is to increase to the number of middle school aged students who are interested in STEM and pursue STEM disciplines in college.
The Charges Robotics program is funded by the Georgia Highlands College Center for STEM Learning through a University System of Georgia STEM Initiative grant, GHC-Division of Natural Science and Physical Education, and KEMET Robotics.
Rome Young Scholars Program
In May 2014, a small demonstration pollinator garden was installed on Georgia Highlands College’s Cartersville campus. It comprises 11 raised beds, covers 250 square feet, and has more than 30 species of native perennials that were chosen because they bloom from spring to fall and attract, and provide resources for, many types of pollinators.
In three short years, that garden has become a haven for pollinators including bumble bees, other native bees, domestic honeybees, butterflies (including Monarchs), moths, and hummingbirds, and has developed into its own ecosystem. For example, predatory animals including spiders, assassin bugs, praying mantises, and insect-eating wasps have moved in to control garden pests. Numerous bird species can also be seen there eating insects and seeds.
The garden serves as a small, outdoor, “hands-on” laboratory, and research and education space, for anyone interested in science (particularly pollination ecology) or an inspirational retreat for anyone interested in nature.
This garden was installed, with the help of Green Highlands (GHC’s student organization concerned with environmental and sustainability issues; https://sites.highlands.edu/green-highlands), as part of a much larger project — the Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership (GAPP; www.gapp.org). GAPP was started by Dr. Jackie Belwood, Associate Professor of Biology at Georgia Highlands College, and Dennis Krusac, Endangered Species Biologist with the USDA Forest Service.